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Full text of "Laughing Torso"

BACK    TO    PARIS    AND    CELEBRITIES
Gallery in the Rue St. Florentin, just behind the
Place de la Concorde.    I showed all my water-
colours that had been in London, the ones from the
Salon, the paintings of Collioure, and some draw-
ings.    It really looked quite nice.   In Paris artists
nearly always get a well-known critic to write a
notice.   I had made the acquaintance of a promi-
nent critic-editor who said that he would be de-
lighted to write one for me.   He came up to my
studio.    The Pole hated him, he had a dreadful
voice.   He wrote to me asking me to visit his office—
he was the editor of an important art paper—I
arrived one day in the Boulevard Raspail to see his
article. I think it mentioned my name once. It was
a long discourse on English painting and nearly all
about Roger Fry and P. Wyndham Lewis. He then
demanded two thousand francs.  I was furious and
told him what I thought about him.   He then told
me what he thought of me and opened the door,
pushed me out, and kicked the door to with his foot,
so I had no notice.   Cocteau and Radiguet came
to the show and were most awfully nice.   Cocteau
said,  as  he said about anything that he appre-
ciated, that the drawings were, " Plus vrai que le
vrai"    And  Radiguet  said  the  most  charming
things:  I think he had the best manners of anyone
I have ever met.   Brancusi came also and was very
sweet.   I think he thought they were too realistic,
which, of course, they were.  I sold very few, as it is
very difficult to sell pictures in Paris if you are not
French, and have not got a picture-dealer to back
you.   As, however, it often happens one sells more